Universal Integrated Energy Planning
Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) advocates for and supports the development of national integrated energy plans (IEPs). An IEP is a framework that helps direct resources effectively and efficiently to where they are needed the most. These plans clearly define a country’s goals for electrification and clean cooking access and how partners can help them reach these goals.
Whether a country wants to bring new energy access to its people or expand its power supply to support productive purposes, it first needs a plan. And a well-designed plan can help a country achieve its energy goals more quickly and affordably.
A well-crafted IEP can unlock actionable market intelligence for the private sector, policy makers and funders by generating valuable data and insights like identifying priority geographic areas for expanding energy access and the least-cost technology to be deployed.
It does this by using geospatial data and tools to identify the efficient integration of on- and off-grid solutions for energy supply (i.e., grid extension, mini-grids, and standalone solutions like solar home systems), while also considering demand-side factors like affordability. It takes a holistic look at a country’s energy system when planning for household and institutional access to electricity and clean cooking.
Several countries have developed or will soon develop IEPs, from which we have identified a need for more rapid planning, consistent data standards, more inclusive planning processes, and inclusion of clean cooking within energy planning efforts.
We, at SEforALL, are setting the standard for what a best-in-class IEP should be and working with partners to make sure countries harness this important framework.